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Globalism of the One Percent, TomDispatch

Obama the Time Traveler, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Russian Honeypot, Hankyoreh

– Goodbye Clinton! Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of Detente, US News and World Report

From Here to Dystopia, Foreign Policy In Focus

How Donald Trump Changed Everything, TomDispatch

Trump the Predictable, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Europe Can Teach Us about Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Death of the International Community, Hankyoreh

Bartleby the American, Foreign Policy In Focus

It Can’t Happen Here (But It Just Did), Foreign Policy In Focus

Hillary and the Neocons, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Hawk in the Wings, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Damage Trump Does, Hankyoreh

It’s Rigged (Takes One to Know One), Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump the Arsonist, TomDispatch

Stop the Presses, Foreign Policy In Focus

Colombia: Disturbing the Peace, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Lost Language of Integration, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iran: The Calligraphic Challenge, LobeLog

Syria as Metaphor, Foreign Policy In Focus

Can Korea Save the Global Economy?, Hankyoreh

YOLO Economics, Foreign Policy In Focus

NATO’s Expiration Date, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Trump and the Transformation of Politics, Hankyoreh

The Globalization of Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Elite Smackdown, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump: Not the Peace Candidate, U.S. News and World Report

China on the Defensive? Hankyoreh

The Myth of Trump’s Alternative Worldview, The Nation/FPIF

Russia Hacks the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Surprising Popularity of Military Coups, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Gunman, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Hangover (British Version), Foreign Policy In Focus

Donald Trump and America B, TomDispatch

Brexit: Farewell Internationalism? Foreign Policy In Focus

Orlando and the Future of Terrorism, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Failed State in Latin America? Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Nuclear Paradox, Foreign Policy In Focus

Donald Trump: Joker’s Wild, Hankyoreh

North Korea and the GCC, Gulf State Analytics

Drones and Blowback, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Music of Hopelessness, Foreign Policy In Focus

The End of Islamophobia, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea’s Next Generation, Hankyoreh

Making China Great Again, Foreign Policy In Focus

Big Oil Isn’t Going Down without a Fight, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Pentagon’s Potlatch, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Children’s Crusade, The Nation/Foreign Policy In Focus

Ukraine and Europe: Much Depends on the Dutch, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iraq’s Artifacts of Exile, Lobelog

Should South Korea Get the Bomb? Hankyoreh

Trump: Foreign Policy’s Useful Idiot? Foreign Policy In Focus

Thinking Outside the European Box, Foreign Policy In Focus

To End No Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Poland’s Tea Party Movement, Foreign Policy In Focus

Darkness at High Noon, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy, Foreign Policy In Focus

Wrestling with Iran, LobeLog

The Leader Our Foreign Policy Deserves, Foreign Policy In Focus

East Asia Is Invisible, Hankyoreh

Life in the Gray Zone, Foreign Policy In Focus

US and Iran Collect Diplomatic Jackpot, Foreign Policy In Focus

Wrestling Jerusalem, Foreign Policy In Focus

Africa’s Success Story? Foreign Policy In Focus

Between Rocks and a Hard Place, Foreign Policy

Geopolitics of Cheap Oil, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Reunification Guessing Game, Hankyoreh

Japan and South Korea: A New Beginning? LobeLog

Obama: The Fairy-Tale President? Foreign Policy In Focus

Can a Green Korea Lead the World? Hankyoreh

Trump, the Islamic State, and the Cliche of Civilizations, Foreign Policy In Focus

Syria: Mission Possible? Foreign Policy In Focus

Je Suis Encore Charlie? Foreign Policy In Focus

Splinterlands: The View from 2050, TomDispatch

Burma: Democracy with an Asterisk, Foreign Policy In Focus

Syria’s Two-Body Problem, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Empire, Foreign Policy In Focus

Kumbaya (Not), Foreign Policy In Focus

Is Putin Really as Foolish as We Are? Foreign Policy In Focus

The World Talks, But It’s Not Enough, Hankyoreh

Eastern Europe: Return to Normality? Los Angeles Review of Books

Mouth Wide Shut, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Middle East’s New Nakba, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Happened to Brazil? Foreign Policy In Focus

The Star Trek Fallacy, TomDispatch

After Obama: Clinton vs. Sanders, Foreign Policy In Focus

China and the Opportunity Costs of 9/11, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea’s Sorry Politics, Hankyoreh

The New Middle Passage, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Takes on the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Iran, Is North Korea Next? Hankyoreh

Black Ops for Peace, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Kurdish Elephant, Foreign Policy In Focus

Greece, Iran, and the Rules of the Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iran Deal: Is Obama Channeling Nixon? Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Recent Victories, Hankyoreh

The Lacquer Box, Huffington Post

The Islamic State and the Terrible Twos, Foreign Policy In Focus

Refugee World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia: On the Rocks, Foreign Policy In Focus

Reunification: The View from the North, Hankyoreh

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey, Foreign Policy In Focus

Reviving the North Korea-Iran Axis, LobeLog

Venture Capitalists Rule the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Why the World Is Becoming the Un-Sweden, TomDispatch

Authoritarian Symps, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Young Dictator Problem, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Madness of THAAD, Hankyoreh

Celebrating Destruction, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Missing, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Apology Olympics, Foreign Policy In Focus

Before/After, DC Theatre Scene

Robot-in-Chief, Foreign Policy in Focus

Women’s Delegation Crosses the DMZ, Hankyoreh

Strange News from Another Star, Los Angeles Review of Books

Obama’s Triple Crown, Foreign Policy In Focus

Foreign Agents, Foreign Policy in Focus

Iran: Deal or No Deal, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Retreatniks, Foreign Policy in Focus

North Korea, Iran, and a Congress that Says No, LobeLog

The 47 Republican Ronin, Foreign Policy in Focus

The Kremlin’s Kool-Aid, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Comparative Politics of Atrocity, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Is Japan’s Prime Minister the Next Putin, Foreign Policy In Focus

Can Ukraine Gnaw Its Way out of Trouble, Foreign Policy In Focus

ISIS Unites the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Last National Security Strategy, LobeLog

Greece and the Unlearned Lesson of 1990, openDemocracy

Furriners, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Collapse of Europe? TomDispatch

North Korea: Spyware vs. Spyware, Hankyoreh

Special Guest Star: Bibi! Foreign Policy In Focus

A Neanderthal Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy in Focus

Europe’s Coming Battle, Foreign Policy In Focus

Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback? LobeLog

Why 2014 Wasn’t So Terrible, Foreign Policy In Focus

Carrots for Cuba, Sticks for North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Games of Our Lives, Foreign Policy In Focus

America Held Hostage, Foreign Policy In Focus

The LIfe and Times of Michael B, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Obama and the Gordian Knot of Politics, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia Smiles for the Cameras, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Dance of Superpowers, Foreign Policy In Focus

Kobane: Hunger Strikes and Air Strikes, Focal Points

The Wall, Foreign Policy In Focus

Letter from Seoul, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea’s Balloon Wars, Hankyoreh

NATO: Rebellion in the Ranks, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Sum of All Fears, Foreign Policy In Focus

Recognizing Palestine, Foreign Policy In Focus

Hong Kong: The Future of People Power, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Barack Obama and the Will to Fight, Foreign Policy In Focus

East Asia: A Farewell to Arms, Foreign Policy In Focus

Resurgence of the Left in Eastern Europe, AlterNet

Menu for a Hot Planet, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Tao of North Korea, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Cold War Never Died, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Other Vietnam Syndrome, Los Angeles Review of Books

NATO Poised to Escalate over Ukraine, Inter Press Service

The Next Pandemic, Hankyoreh

Divorce, European-Style, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Plague, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Bombing the Caliphate, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Obama: Into Africa, Foreign Policy In Focus

Is Obama Adrift in the World? Foreign Policy In Focus

MH17: Cold War Replay? Foreign Policy In Focus

Mowing the Lawn in Gaza, Foreign Policy In Focus

When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall, Huffington Post

To Die For, Foreign Policy In Focus

Is China’s Rise Still Peaceful? Hankyoreh

Guys with Guns, Foreign Policy In Focus

Deserts vs. Development in China, GlobalPost

Europe’s Populist Reformation, Foreign Policy In Focus

Participatory Totalitarianism, Foreign Policy In Focus/AlterNet

Coup Fever, Foreign Policy In Focus

Piketty in Elysium, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

The Three-War Doctrine, Foreign Policy In Focus

Breaking the Rules, Hankyoreh

Obama’s Half-Pivot to Asia, Inter Press Service

Obama in the Funhouse, Foreign Policy In Focus

Earth: Game Over, Foreign Policy In Focus

World Cuts Back on Military Spending, But Not Asia, Inter Press Service

NATO on Viagra, Foreign Policy In Focus

What the Crisis in Ukraine Means for Northeast Asia, Hankyoreh

Asking the Hard Questions about Israel, Foreign Policy in Focus

Brown Is the New Black, Foreign Policy In Focus

If I Didn’t Have a Hammer, Foreign Policy In Focus

My Strategic Impatience, Hankyoreh

-Who Are the People? Foreign Policy In Focus

The Standoff in Ukraine (and also in Washingon), Inter Press Service

Ukraine: The Clash of Partnerships, Foreign Policy In Focus/TheNation.com

The Scandal of Syria, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Greatest Threat to Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

Has Obama Already Forgotten about Asia? Hankyoreh

Why North Korea Today Is Not East Germany 1989, Asan Institute for Policy Studies

The Color Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia: The Ghosts of 1914, Inter Press Service

The Surveillance Blitz, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Empire’s New Asian Clothes, TomDispatch

Iraq: Revisiting the Pottery Barn Rule, Foreign Policy In Focus/TheNation.com

-NSA and TMI, Foreign Policy In Focus

The World Without U.S., Foreign Policy In Focus

Collapsism, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Jellification of Politics, Foreign Policy In Focus

Standing Up in Turkey, Hankyoreh

American Politics Needs More Drama, Huffington Post

Competitive Suffering, Hankyoreh

Infantilizing North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Real North Korea, Korean Quarterly

Taking It to the Streets (in the GDR), Huffington Post

The Paradoxes of the Pacific Pivot, Hankyoreh

The Secret History of Yugoslavia, Foreign Policy In Focus

-The Velvet Divorce, Hankyoreh

-Eating History, Hankyoreh

Afghanistan: Avoiding Default, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea’s Nuclear Theater, 38North

From Pacific Pivot to Green Revolution, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Islamophobic Fringe, Hankyoreh

Dumb and Dumber, TomDispatch

North Korea and Disneyland, Hankyoreh

South Korea: Stuck in the 20th Century? Inter Press Service

The Limits of Information in North Korea, Hankyoreh

Assad and His Droogs, Foreign Policy In Focus

Guarding the Empire from Four Miles Up, Inter Press Service

-Frenemies, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Spying on the North, Hankyoreh

-Jeju Island: Paradise with a Dark Side, Washington Post

Beyond the Golden Couples of Pyongyang, 38North

Running Against Islam, Other Words

Smart Mouth, Washington Post

My Backlogged Pages, The New York Times

 

 

 

 

 


Globalism of the One Percent

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

Globalism of the One Percent

Donald Trump is a worldly fellow. He travels the globe on his private jet. He’s married to a Slovene and divorced from a Czech. He doesn’t speak any other languages, but hey, he’s an American, so monolingualism is his birthright. His fortune depends in large part on the global economy. He has business interests in nearly two-dozen countries on four continents. Many of the products anointed with the Trump brand roll off a global assembly line: Trump furniture made in Turkey and Germany, Trump eyeglasses from China, Trump shirts via...

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Obama the Time Traveler

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

Obama the Time Traveler

For Obama supporters, the last eight years have been a victory of wise leadership over the forces of darkness in Congress and the world at large. For critics of the outgoing president, Obama could do no right as he plunged the United States into the worst crisis in its 200-plus years of history. Between the high notes of Obama’s farewell address and the low rumble of Donald Trump’s tweets, it can be hard to find a middle ground. The Washington Post has attempted just such an even-tempered appraisal of the Obama era. In a stand-alone...

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The Russian Honeypot

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Articles, Featured, Russia and Eastern Europe | 0 comments

The Russian Honeypot

[I wrote this article about Russian efforts to cultivate Donald Trump as an asset last week for a Korean newspaper where it was published on Sunday. Little did I know that news would break this week of allegations that Russia has a file of damaging information it can use to blackmail President-elect Trump. In that file is information about Trump’s dalliance with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel. The allegations come from a former British intelligence officer, and the Trump camp denies them. The information was “widely known among journalists...

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Goodbye, Clinton!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Articles, Eastern Europe, Featured, US Domestic Policy | 0 comments

Goodbye, Clinton!

Two days before the November elections, Elizabeth Moreno was driving to the Democratic Party headquarters in Manassas to pick up a list of addresses. She was planning to spend another day of canvassing to get out the vote for her candidate Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth had taken off a full week from her job at one of Washington’s premier foreign policy thinktanks to devote herself to electing the first woman president. She was only two years younger than Hillary Clinton, but she considered the former secretary of state her mentor. Elizabeth...

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The Art of Detente

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Art, Articles, Featured | 0 comments

The Art of Detente

On a wall in Boston, artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo is taking a quiet but historic step forward in U.S.-Iranian relations. His fanciful mural on an air intake structure in Boston’s Dewey Square represents a first. Ghadyanloo, who has completed more than a hundred surrealistic murals in downtown Tehran, is the first Iranian artist to do work commissioned by municipal authorities in both Iran and the United States. This exercise in mural diplomacy couldn’t come at a more opportune time. Iran is back in the news after Donald...

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From Here to Dystopia

Posted by on Dec 24, 2016 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

From Here to Dystopia

Shortly after the November elections, a friend sent me a photo via Facebook. It was a sandwich board outside a bookstore in Massachusetts. It read: “Post-apocalyptic fiction has been moved to our current affairs section.” My friend added a note of her own: “Trump’s election should help with sales of your new book.” My gain, humanity’s loss. My new book is a dystopian novel about how the world falls apart. Splinterlands, published this month by Haymarket and available here, was not intended to be a depiction of current events. I...

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How Donald Trump Changed Everything (2016-2020)

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

How Donald Trump Changed Everything (2016-2020)

I didn’t vote in the pivotal American election of 2016. Thirty-five years ago, in that unseasonably warm month of November, I was in Antarctica’s Allan Hills taking ice core samples with a hand augur. The pictures I have from that time show my team drilling deep into the blue ice, but what we were actually doing was digging a million years into the planetary past to gaze upon the panorama of climate change. The election was a bad soap opera playing out far beyond my field of vision. At the time, I lived in Washington, D.C. So my vote, I...

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Trump the Predictable

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

Trump the Predictable

Shortly after taking office in 1969, President Richard Nixon devised his “madman theory.” It was the height of the Vietnam War, and Nixon believed that he could end the conflict. It just required a bit of unpredictability. “I want the North Vietnamese to believe I’ve reached the point where I might do anything to stop the war,” Nixon told his chief of staff H.R. Haldeman. “We’ll just slip the word to them that, ‘for God’s sake, you know Nixon is obsessed about Communists. We can’t restrain him when he’s angry — and he...

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What Europe Can Teach Us About Trump

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Articles, Eastern Europe, Europe, Featured | 0 comments

What Europe Can Teach Us About Trump

Donald Trump might seem like a uniquely American phenomenon. The shape-shifting billionaire huckster reinvented himself first as a TV personality and then as a maverick populist politician. He rode to power on patriotic slogans – Make America Great Again – and tailored his policy prescriptions to specific American constituencies like West Virginia coal miners and Michigan factory workers. He spoke to very particular American anxieties about immigration, crime, and guns. You can find traces of Trump in American history (Andrew Jackson, Huey...

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The Death of the International Community

Posted by on Nov 26, 2016 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

The Death of the International Community

The election of Donald Trump is not only a surprise for many American citizens. It’s a shock to the international community. In fact, the shock might be so severe that it will be the death of the international community. What has happened in the United States is not unprecedented. But, as with most things to do with America, the tragedy is on a bigger scale. It was one thing for Hungary and Poland to move in an illiberal direction. They are relatively small countries. Even the path that Russia has taken under Vladimir Putin has merely...

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